Bolsonaro Declares that He Can Act Outside of Constitutional Limits

Alexandre de Moraes included president in a Supreme Court investigation into fake news


President Jair Bolsonaro again threatened to cancel the 2022 elections and declared that he could act outside the constitutional limits.

Hours earlier, Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes included him in a fake News investigation into the 2018 election campaign.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 30, 2021, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is pictured before of the welcome ceremony to the Cape Verde's President Jorge Carlos Fonseca at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. - A Supreme Court justice ruled on August 4 that President Jair Bolsonaro should be investigated for unproven claims Brazil's electronic voting system is riddled with fraud, adding the far-right leader to an ongoing probe on the spread of fake news by his government. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP) - AFP

"An investigation without any legal basis cannot start with the Supreme Court. Does he open, investigate and punish? Is it within the four lines of the Constitution? It's not, so the antidote to that isn't within the four lines of the Constitution either."

The comment was made in an interview with Jovem Pan radio. He propagated the request to establish hearings on the electronic ballot box and spoke of using weapons of opposition. "I play within the four lines of the Constitution and play, if necessary, with weapons on the other side."

The president of the Superior Electoral court , Luís Roberto Barroso, called Bolsonaro's attacks authoritarianism.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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